World at a Glance; Three Immigrants Cash in on Biggest US Lottery Win

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World at a Glance; Three Immigrants Cash in on Biggest US Lottery Win


THREE immigrants who came to America for a better life have joined five co-workers at a Nebraska meatpacking plant to claim [pounds sterling]205m - the biggest lottery jackpot in US history.

"This is a great country!" said Quang Dao, 56, who left Vietnam in 1988.

Alain Maboussou, 26, fled from the Congo civil war in 1999. He said: "My three-month-old daughter is going to be happy for the rest of her life."

Three of the group left their jobs when they hit the jackpot.

"I've been retired for about four days now," said Eric Zornes, 40. Another Vietnamese immigrant, Dung Tran, 34, held on to the winning ticket for four days while speculation about the winners swept across the US.

Death toll soars after shrine bomb RELIGIOUS and political leaders in Iraq were today scrambling to prevent the country descending into all-out civil war after suspected al Qaeda bombs devastated the 1,200-year-old Shia Askariya shrine at Samarra.

The frantic peace moves came as Iraqi police claimed 47 people had been killed in Baghdad in the last 24 hours. Another 11 Sunni prisoners were killed in Basra in retaliation for the attack on one of the most holy sites in Iraq.

President Jalal Talabani today summoned leaders of all sides to a summit after the dawn bombing triggered a dramatic escalation in sectarian violence.

"We are facing a major conspiracy that is targeting Iraq's unity," said Mr Talabani, a Kurd. "We should all stand hand in hand to prevent the danger of a civil war."

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